Winter Olympics Will Likely Force 2014 Oscars Into March

 

It might as well be spring for the Oscars in 2014.

2014 is a Winter Olympics year. Hooray, I love the Olympics! (I know, not everyone does, but I think they’re fun. So deal with it.) One problem, though–the closing ceremonies will take place on February 23rd. That’s the last Sunday in February, or the day you would think the Academy Awards ceremony would take place. Oops.

Deadline’s Peter Hammond reports that it’s all but a done deal that the Oscars will have to move to the first Sunday in March, the 2nd. The other possibility would be to move them earlier, before the February 7th start of the Olympics in Sochi, Russia. However, CBS has supposedly already scheduled the Grammy Awards for the last Sunday in January, and the other weekends in that month have already been staked out by the Golden Globes, SAG, DGA, and PGA awards. It would be too much of an awards crunch.

So it looks like March it will be. Don’t panic, for decades the Oscars took place at the end of March. I know some people would like to see that date come back, but I dislike it because a) it’s just too far away from the release date of many of these films; the theaters want to get rid of them and the studios want to move them onto video and b) it conflicts with March Madness–why get buried in that publicity storm?

Now all we need to do is figure out who will be hopping up onto the stage on March 2nd, 2014. To get an early jump, it’s never a bad idea to take a look at The Weinstein Company’s fall release schedule…

 

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